January 24, 2016 Subject:
Take it as it is
One could analyze this recording to death but why not just take is 'as it is'. it's a great reflection of the time and place of this music. Wonderful ensemble music. Just listen and enjoy. No need to analyze. Grab it!
December 23, 2014 Subject:
Don't Change A Thing!
Excellent transfer. Nice, broad range highs and lows, without the whistling and squealing that occurs whenever a neophyte punches the wrong button. You did good!
This is the kind of stuff I try to get. I like that pokey sound. Much better than the garbage that the record companies sell, (or should I say pass off) to the public today.
I have a humble selection of similar 1920's music. Unless the contributer has a fine condition copy that needed little or no sound adjustment, I would say that when he/she processed the sound files, they left out processing of "crackle and hiss/pops", that accounts for the "noise". I sometimes wonder if I should do as minimal processing as possible, like this for authenticity.But I then think that I would like to hear it as close as possible to brand new.
Reviewer:blues guitar man
April 20, 2007 Subject:
play that thing
the ODJB has taken a lot of grief from jazz academia over the years, but they actually played a very authentic version of hot new orleans jazz circa 1910-1925 and they swung. This particular version of St L Blues is played with great syncopation and feel. No wonder Bix and other cats were influenced by their sound. That being said, too bad Freddie Keppard turned down a recording contract to be the first New Orleans jazz band to record. Oh, to get in the time machine with recording equipment and hit the Big Easy about 1915...
Reviewer:left wing films
December 3, 2005 Subject:
soundtrack for nostalgia
June 26, 2005 Subject:
Very scratchy, but great acoustical recording nonetheless. One can really here the influence of klezmer music in bits of the first third of this arrangement. I like to compare old and newer versions of the same song, and would pair this one with Pearl Bailey's cover from '40s/'50s.